What to Expect During a Trabeculectomy Procedure

A doctor examining a patient’s eyes before a trabeculectomy procedure

Trabeculectomy is a surgical procedure that can treat glaucoma, which is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, often due to increased pressure within the eye. 

When conservative treatments like eye drops or laser therapy fail to control intraocular pressure, trabeculectomy can be the best option to prevent further vision loss. In this blog, we will briefly discuss what to expect during a trabeculectomy procedure to preserve your optic nerve function.

When You Need a Trabeculectomy Procedure

Surgeons may recommend trabeculectomy for individuals with glaucoma. These patients are often unresponsive to other treatments.

Common indications for trabeculectomy include advanced glaucoma with progressive vision loss, severe intraocular pressure elevation not controlled by medications, or intolerance to glaucoma medications.

What to Expect During a Trabeculectomy Procedure

During a trabeculectomy, the surgeon creates a small drainage channel in the sclera (the white part of the eye) to allow excess fluid to drain out of the eye, thereby reducing intraocular pressure. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, and patients may also receive sedation to help them relax.

Once they numb your eye, the surgeon makes a small incision in the conjunctiva (the thin membrane covering the sclera) to access the sclera underneath. 

A flap of scleral tissue is then created, and a small piece of the trabecular meshwork (the eye’s drainage system) is removed to facilitate fluid drainage. The surgeon may reposition and suture the flap carefully, which lets fluid flow out of the eye while maintaining normal eye pressure.

Following the procedure, patients may experience mild discomfort, blurred vision, or sensitivity to light. Eye drops and medications suggested by surgeons can prevent infection, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. 

Book Your Trabeculectomy Appointment in Virginia 

Trabeculectomy is a surgical procedure performed to treat glaucoma and reduce intraocular pressure to prevent further vision loss. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of glaucoma, call us at 757-484-0101 and schedule a consultation with Southside Eye Care. 

Start your journey towards preserving your vision and maintaining eye health. Your eyesight is precious, and we’re here to help you protect it.


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